Vegan Nigerian Moin Moin Recipe | Cooking With Jade

Vegan Nigerian Moin Moin Recipe

Vegan Nigerian Moin Moin Recipe


Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cuisine Nigerian
Servings 6


  • Blender or food processor
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk or fork
  • Steaming pot or steamer
  • Aluminum foil or moin moin leaves (for wrapping)
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


  • 2 cups peeled black-eyed peas soaked overnight or for at least 4 hours
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground crayfish optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups vegetable broth or water as needed for blending

Optional additions:

  • chopped vegetables cooked beans, or vegan protein (e.g., tofu, tempeh)


  • Drain and rinse the soaked black-eyed peas. Place them in a blender or food processor.
  • Add the chopped onions, red and green bell peppers, vegetable oil, ground crayfish (if using), ground paprika, ground cumin, dried thyme, salt, and freshly ground black pepper to the blender or food processor.
  • Blend the mixture until it forms a smooth batter. Add vegetable broth or water as needed to achieve a thick but pourable consistency.
  • Pour the batter into a mixing bowl and whisk or stir vigorously to incorporate air into the mixture. This step helps to achieve a fluffy texture.
  • Add any optional chopped vegetables, cooked beans, or vegan protein to the batter if desired. Stir well to combine.
  • Prepare your steaming pot or steamer by filling it with water and placing a steaming rack inside. If using aluminum foil or moin moin leaves for wrapping, cut them into square or rectangular shapes and lightly oil them.
  • Pour the batter into individual aluminum foil/moin moin leaves or into a greased baking dish.
  • Place the wrapped or covered batter onto the steaming rack in the pot or steamer. Cover the pot with a lid.
  • Steam the Moin Moin for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until it is firm and fully cooked.
  • Remove the Moin Moin from the steamer and let it cool for a few minutes before unwrapping or serving.
  • Serve the Nigerian Moin Moin warm or at room temperature as a main dish or as a side dish with rice, plantains, or other Nigerian accompaniments.


Calories: 200 | Total Fat: 5g | Total Carbohydrates: 30g | Dietery Fiber: 8g | Proetin: 10g

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